The Hiroshima Osorakan Trail Race is a challenging course requiring runners to traverse the highest peaks of both Hiroshima and Shimane Prefectures. Intermediate to advanced athletes will find this race suitably difficult as they climb the equivalent of sea level to the summit of Mt. Fuji. Line up with some of the nation's hardiest trail runners and see where you stand!
Starting and finishing at the Osorakan Snow Park, the 65KM course involves completion of A Loop (27KM), B Loop (27.5KM), and C Loop (10KM) with a total ascent of almost 3,900 meters (about 12,800 feet). All three loops are an out and back with the base being Osorakan Snow Park. The 22KM course is separate from the 65KM course but also starts and ends at Osorakan Snow Park.
A Loop: Osorakan Snow Park – Mt. Hijiri – Mt. Takadake – Lake Hijiri – Tashirogawa River – Osorakan Snow Park
First half features easygoing trails and forestry construction roads. Second half will be more technical with hazardous spots and streams to cross, advanced mountaineering skills are recommended. The breathtaking view of the Osorakan Trails from Mt. Takadake will be worth the struggle!
B Loop: Osorakan Snow Park – Mt. Osoraka – Mt Jippou-Nasu – Uchigoru Pass – Osorakan Snow Park
Longest loop and with the biggest accumulated elevation difference. You will feel fatigued and encounter difficulty maintaining your pace on this highly mountainous course. An 800m section at the top of Mt. Osorakan is a walking zone. Daikoro-Hara (Kitchen Field) located in the beech forests on Mt. Osorakan and the Sky Trail on Mt. Jippou will provide momentary relief through the strenuous course.
C Loop: Osorakan Snow Park – Yokokawa River – Mt. Toishigou – Osorakan Snow Park
Though short, the steep uphill climbs in C Loop will be tough on the legs. Mt. Toishigou looms as the last challenge – those successfully finishing within the time limit will be awarded emotionally and granted bragging rights.
Runners will start the first 2.5KM on road before entering the trails at Yokogawa towards Yobiya Pass. After Yobiya Pass, you’ll return towards Osorakan Snow Park to encounter your first aid station at the 8.5KM mark. On this stretch, the trail is narrow and runners will find their speed decreasing as the terrain becomes more formidable. Additionally, you will climb about 300m to reach Osorakan Snow Park.
Head due west towards Natsu Yake Pass before arriving at Mt. Osorakan at around the 14KM mark. You will climb about 350m to reach Mt. Osorakan but will also encounter 2KM of relatively flat gravel – don’t forget to enjoy the views on this section. One portion is walking only – and you will walk for approximately 10 minutes so bringing an additional layer and/or wearing wicking fabrics is important. Once you’ve cleared the walking section, you can pick up the speed.
Continue to the water station at 17.7KM, at which point the terrain will switch to less trail, more gravel. After the water station is a 2KM downhill – proceed with caution. One final climb (about 1.7KM) on the road before hitting the ski slopes, which will be your glory road leading to the finish line.
IMPORTANT: The area is remote and both public transportation and lodging options are limited. Those interested in racing Osorakan should plan to sign up for the race bundle with local accommodation and transportation (between Hiroshima station) or drive their own vehicle/rental car. Additionally, this is not beginner-friendly - please be a responsible athlete and only register if you feel confident about your abilities, the distance, and race logistics (including before and after the race).
65KM = about 40 miles
22KM = about 13.6 miles
Read Mallory's race report from the 2018 Hiroshima Osorakan Trail Race
(Note: Samurai Sports was not involved with this race in 2018)
Dec 8, 2018 - Apr 20, 2019
|Directions||This area is difficult to access by public transportation, we recommend taking a private vehicle or rental car. Please ensure you have lodging and transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.
From Hiroshima, the drive will take about one hour (70KM/44 miles)
From Iwakuni, the drive will take about two hours (95KM/59 miles)
For car navis, use the following address and phone number:
Osorakan Snow Park
740-1 Akiōta-chō, Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima-ken, 731-3801
For more general information regarding access, click here.
|Registration Period||Dec 8, 2018 - Apr 20, 2019|
|Eligibility ＆ Time Limit||Age Eligibility
・Must be 18 and older
・65KM - 15 hours
A loop (27KM) - 5.5 hours, B loop (27.5KM) - 6 hours, C loop (10KM) - 3.5 hours
・22KM - 6 hours, 30 minutes
Race Day Eligibility: Mandatory Gear
65KM and 22KM: bear bell, rain jacket and/or cold-weather protection, head lamp, emergency sheet, at least 1L of water, nutrition/food, personal cup
* 65KM: If you leave A4 after 1600, race staff will check that you possess a rain jacket and working head lamp. You may not proceed to C loop if one or more items are missing.
* Recommended: Rain jackets with a waterproof seam and water pressure resistance of 20,000mm or more, and moisture permeability of 10,000g/㎡ 24hrs or more. Rain pants and a head or hand lamp with new betters and adequate light intensity (250 lumen or more) for mountaineering/ trail running are also recommended.
・Demonstrate good manners. All participants must be respectful of the natural course environment and do his/her best to preserve it. Be mindful of other climbers and hikers on the trail.
・Be a responsible athlete. Please make sure you have the physical ability to complete the course.
|Entry Fee||65KM: ¥14,000
・If entry fee is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If entry fee is ¥10,001 or more, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of entry fee.
・Stress less with Samurai Sports. Learn why Samurai Sports implements a service charge.
|Samurai assist||Coming Soon: Race Bundle
・Shared accommodation (2-3 per room)
・Transport between Hiroshima station and the race site
・Transport between your lodging and the race site
|Start Time||65KM: 0500
|Event Schedule||2019 Schedule
Saturday, May 18
(all at Osorakan Snow Park)
1300-1800 Check In & Race Packet Collection (65KM ONLY)
1600-1630 Race Briefing (Japanese but recommended)
1645-1800 Pre-Race Dinner
Sunday, May 19
(all at Osorakan Snow Park)
0445 65KM opening ceremony
0500 65KM starts
0700-0830 22KM check-in
0915 22KM opening ceremony
0930 22KM starts
1500 Awards ceremony
1530 Lucky draw
2000 Finish all events
|Start Line||Osorakan Snow Park・Club House
740-1 Akiōta-chō, Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima-ken, 731-3801
|Finish Line||Same as start|
|Course Map||65KM: Refer to this PDF
Loop A: Red (27.5KM)
Loop B: Blue (27KM)
Loop C: Green (10KM)
22KM: Refer to this PDF
Please note that the course map and advertised distance may not align perfectly. This is due to the fact that some areas do not always ping well using GPS or GLONASS. Additionally, course maps often calculate distance between several geographical coordinates that do not account for irregularities in the surface of the route nor changes in elevation relative to the idealized surface.
Should you find a discrepancy between the advertised distance and the map, you may reasonably expect to run a maximum of the distance advertised but may also find that the distance actually covered more closely resembles that of the course map provided.
|Course Elevation||65KM: +3,880m or +12,730ft
A, B, C loops (all three elevation profiles)
Refer to this PDF
Or, view this elevation profile
22KM: elevation profile TBA
Top 1-6 overall men/women
1st place age group men/women
Top 1-3 overall men/women
1st place age group men/women
18-39, 40-49, 50+
|Participants Prize||Race T-Shirt, Certificate of Completion|
|Last Year's Finishers||2018 65KM results
2018 27KM results
2018 overall race statistics (in Japanese)
Note: Last year, the course shorter course was 27KM. The course has been shortened this year to 22KM.
・ No refunds or credits will be issued.This applies to incidents in which the event is cancelled for any reason including personal participant circumstances of the participant (including illness and injury) and incidents in which the event is cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions or natural disasters.
・ Event entries are non-transferable. Any person doing so will be held responsible in case of an accident arising from or provoked by the other person during the event. Participants determined to be violating this policy will be disqualified without a refund. The event organizers will reserve the right to exclude both parties from future events.
・You will not sue the event organizers nor its affiliates (including Samurai Sports) for any injury or death caused during the event.
・ You consent to and will give all authorities and copyright to the event organizer and affiliates for the use of photography, motion pictures, articles, recordings or any other record of this event (including personal information such as name, age, gender, personal record, portrait, and etc.) for legitimate purposes and use in newspapers, TV, magazines, internet and any media publishing such as Facebook posts, Instagram posts, and pamphlets.
・ Those participating and coming from abroad must be enrolled in medical and/or travel insurance in case of accident, injury, and medical emergencies.
・ Before signing up, please carefully read all rules and regulations of the event. If the rules and regulations cannot be followed, participation may be denied by the event organizers. If anything is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact us - it is your responsibility to be prepared.
・In most cases, athlete guides in English will be sent via email approximately 2-3 weeks before the event. However, the delivery of athlete guides is entirely dependent on the timeliness of the event organizers. Samurai Sports takes approximately one to two days from receipt of the Japanese athlete guide to translate into English.
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is ¥10,001 or more, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
・Why the additional charges? They help us cover the cost of operating the registration platform, translation of athlete guides/event information, labor hours required to answer your event inquiries, etc. Depending on the event, the surcharges help to cover the cost of our physical presence at the event.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
・Do not leave the course or enter any off-course areas. When you pass another participant, hiker or local resident, be sure to stay on the course.
・No littering. Keep an eye out for your personal belongings! Please pick up any trash that you find on the site.
・Collecting or damaging plants or wildlife on the course and in the surrounding areas is strictly prohibited.
・Poles are permitted, but please attach rubber caps to the points. If we determine that the course is in poor condition, we may prohibit use of poles and similar equipment to prevent further deterioration. Be aware of those around you when using poles.
・Please use the toilets at each aid station, or use a portable toilet.
Consideration for Hikers, Local Residents, and Other Race Participants
・You are likely to encounter hikers and local residents on the course. When passing them in either direction, be sure to call out in advance and to exchange greetings to maintain good relations with the local community.
・Remember that the race is made possible thanks to the support of local residents and volunteers. Please show appropriate gratitude to them.
・If you decide that you are unable to continue due to injury or illness, please contact the nearest race staff member or race headquarters. The emergency telephone numbers are printed on your bib. In case the race officials find the race too difficult to continue, the race may be suspended or called off.
・The entire course is in a natural environment and the conditions are constantly changing. Pay attention to the circumstances around you as you run and do not force yourself into any difficult situations.
・Weather conditions on the course are likely to change suddenly, and participants can expect to face rain, strong winds or similar conditions that can cause hypothermia. Please make adequate preparations for such conditions in advance.
・Medical staff will be on-hand at race headquarters to deal with first aid for injuries and illness. Rescue vehicles are also on standby at each aid station to transport injured participants and those who drop out.
・The race organizers have purchased accident insurance to cover participants’ accidents and injuries. The compensation is as follows: in case of death or lasting disability: ¥3,000,000. Hospitalization (per day): ¥3,000. Outpatient treatment (per day): ¥2,000
Dropping Out / DNF
・If you drop out during the race for any reason, be sure to tell course marshals or aid station staff member your name and bib number.
・If you are unable to do so at the time, please inform race headquarters as soon as possible and return your timing chip.
・Guide signs and guide tape (10cm-wide vinyl tape with a yellow "Fields" logo) are installed all along the course. Tape is attached to tree branches and in other visible locations at intersections and hazardous points on the course.
・If you lose sight of the guide tapes, return to the spot where you last saw it and follow the correct course. Course marshals will be at key locations such as intersections and road crossings, but following course markings is the responsibility of each participant.
Returning Your Timing Chip
・Your timing chip is attached to the rear side of your bib number. Please make sure to detach it and give it to race staff or put it in the chip return box after you finish the race.
・If you drop out during the race or decide not to start the race, please make sure to return your timing chip to race headquarters.
・There will be charge for lost or unreturned timing chips.
・Participants who fail to check in before the check-in time will not be allowed to join the race.
GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION
・Participants who show inadequate respect for the environment and area by dumping garbage, entering areas off the course or other actions.
・Participants who fail to comply with instructions from race officials or course marshals.
・Participants who falsely declare their age, gender, and identification on their applications.
・Participants who commit wrongdoing.
・Participants who miss the starting time.
・Participants who fail to clear checkpoint cutoff times or those who do not reach the finish line by the final time limit. (Cutoff times are the times when you leave each checkpoint)
・Participants who fail to bring mandatory equipment.
・Participants who do not wear their bib appropriately. Attach your bib to your front without bending or otherwise manipulating it.
・Participants who run with headphones or similar items that block external sound, excluding hearing aids.
GROUNDS FOR CANCELLATION OF EVENT
・The race may be canceled for various reasons, including when a weather warning is issued, the course is in poor condition due to extreme weather, or participants’ safety cannot be guaranteed.
・Depending upon weather conditions, the race may also be delayed, rescheduled or the course may be changed to assure participants' safety.
・No refunds or credits will be issued. This applies to incidents in which the event is cancelled for any reason including personal participant circumstances (such as illness) and incidents in which the event is cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions or natural disasters.
・There will be parking nearby the race site and at the Osorakan Snow Park Yokokawa parking lot.
・The former is open from 2000 (8PM) the night before the race until 0915 on race day; the latter is open 24/7.
・Shower facilities (coin showers) are available 24 hours near the race site; however, the coin(s) necessary to operate the showers can only be purchased until 1900.
・You may stay overnight in your vehicle at both parking lots.
・Those parking at the Osorakan Snow Park Yokokawa parking lot may take the shuttle bus in the morning, or walk about 15 minutes to the race site.
・You must comply with instructions from staff when utilizing the free parking.
・For more information, including visual images and maps, click here.
|Parking Address||The parking lot has no specific address; please use the race site address listed below as a point of reference.
Race Site Address
740-1 Akiōta-chō, Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima-ken 731-3801
|Where to Stay||To be announced|
|Organizer||Hiroshima Osorakan Trail in Akioota Executive Committee
Hiroshima Osorakan Trail Management Office (Fields Sports Desk)
|Official Race Website||http://www.osorakan-trail.com|